Final month, per week after Hugh Hefner handed away, it was introduced that the film centered on the Playboy founder was lastly shifting ahead after spending a decade in growth hell. Rush Hour collection director Brett Ratner has been the driving power for getting this mission off the bottom, and the plan was for him to helm this biopic, which reportedly would have starred Jared Leto as Hefner. Nevertheless, as a result of sexual harassment allegations which have been directed towards Ratner, it has been introduced that the Hugh Hefner biopic has been scrapped.
Earlier in the present day, six ladies, together with mannequin Natasha Henstridge and actress Olivia Munn, publicly accused of Brett Ratner of sexually harassing them. Hours after this information broke, Playboy Enterprises introduced that it was placing all of its tasks with RatPac Leisure, Ratner’s manufacturing firm, on maintain till it may “evaluate the state of affairs additional.” Quickly after that, the corporate advised Yahoo that the Hugh Hefner biopic has been cancelled. Yahoo additionally discovered from Jared Leto‘s consultant that the actor was by no means hooked up to the biopic, and that he has no plans to collaborate with Ratner.
The Hugh Hefner biopic has had fairly a couple of ups and downs since 2007, when Brett Ratner first expressed curiosity in making the film. At one level, Robert Downey Jr. was hooked up to play the media mogul. It is unclear if Playboy Enterprises will try to get a brand new model of the Hugh Hefner biopic up and working as soon as a director and/or producer has been discovered, however it’s clear now that the film Brett Ratner wished to make is not any extra. Hefner, who based Playboy Journal in 1953, died on September 27 on the age of 91.
As for Brett Ratner, whose different credit embody Pink Dragon, X-Males: The Final Stand and Hercules (the one with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), following the allegations directed towards him, he introduced that he would step away from all of his Warner Bros-related actions. THR revealed shortly thereafter that WB has severed ties with him. Together with along with his first-look take care of the studio not being renewed, Ratner is dropping his RatPac Leisure workplaces, although he stays a companion within the manufacturing firm. Ratner has additionally been eliminated as a producer on The Goldfinch, the one upcoming WB film the place he is been energetic in such a task. That is the most recent sexual harassment scandal to hit Hollywood in latest weeks, with different allegations having been directed in direction of Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, amongst others.